I am so glad that Clare Boylan, in another of her excellent columns,
has raised the subject of animal abuse (Catholic Herald
It is a subject about which the Catholic Church has been evasive
for far too long.
Ms Boylan is so right to say that "We have been given the gift
and companionship of creatures that are gentle and beautiful and
primitive and profound."
As a vegetarian, I do not expect everyone to share my views, but
as a Christian and a Catholic, I believe we are beholden to look
with compassion and sensitivity on our fellow creatures.
As an animal-lover, I have always felt that St Francis of
Assisi's understanding of, and deep affection for, animals has been
ignored by the Church since medieval times.
I was all the more grateful to Clare Boylan for bringing to our
attention the important role these silent and gentle creatures play
in our lives.